Drilling into concrete lintel to put up Roman blinds

Discussion in 'Other Trades Talk' started by senlim, Mar 20, 2023.

  1. senlim

    senlim New Member

    Clueless DIYer here. I’m trying to put up Roman blinds in my living room, outside the window rather than inside.

    I’ve drilled through the first few centimetres, but then get to a solid part I can’t get through. I assume this is a concrete lintel.

    I need to get past it to put the rawl plugs in so I can fit the rail.

    Drilling into a lintel seems like a bad idea, what with it holding up the wall and everything.

    Two questions:

    1. Is it ok to drill into a concrete lintel or should I stick a wooden plinth on top and use that to hang the blind?

    2. If it is ok to drill a little way into a concrete lintel, how come my combi drill and masonry bit aren’t making a dent?
  2. Ay Bee Cee

    Ay Bee Cee Active Member

    SDS drill you need, especially if prestressed concrete.
    I doubt you have hit a reinforcement bar if you have only just touched concrete,
    No problem drilling lintel though.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2023
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  3. senlim

    senlim New Member

    Thank you! Trip to screwfix it is then!
  4. Ay Bee Cee

    Ay Bee Cee Active Member

    You will never look back.
    Make sure you get some SDS bits to suit.
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  5. GS63

    GS63 Active Member

    And make sure you watch this if you're not used to SDS drills:

    It saved me from a potentially nasty accident
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